Havin' a child shouldn't have to bring out the man in me

from Common (Ft. Lauryn Hill) – Retrospect for Life Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He feels he should mature before becoming a father rather than having to do it while he raises the child. The essence of maturing is growth, experience, trial and error, education and wisdom. Unfortunately when conceiving a child there is no such thing as trial and error as your life suddenly takes a new-founded potent itinerary.

Through Common’s wisdom, no man should be forced to mature at such an early stage of their life, especially if they’re not ready. Mistakes have consequences unfortunately, and he chose to run from them by aborting the birth process of his child.

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